More than 70,000 families in the state are living in a kinship care situation, which is when a family member takes care of another family member’s child.
Several of those families were at the State House Tuesday to push for changes in the law that would make it easier for families to step up and help out.
The child usually ends up in the relative’s home when a parent is incarcerated or deceased.
Right now, foster families are paid $300-$500 a month, but kinship care providers do not receive a stipend.
Sisters of Charity Foundation plays a major role in distributing resources and grants to programs centered around low-income families. The organization also plays a role in giving in kinship care providers the support they need.”
“You know for years we’ve had this happen. We’ve had grandparents and aunts and uncles. You’ll have in this state a 65-year-old person raising 3 kids. They’re glad to do it, but they need a little extra help,” said Tom Keith, the president of Sisters of Charity Foundation SC.
The bill has already passed in the Senate and is now in a House Judiciary Committee for review.